Over the past few years, reality television shows have become an integral part of American pop culture. These shows cover a wide range of topics and can be very exciting to watch, but they can also be dangerous. Sometimes people can get injured or even killed during the filming of these shows. The mother of a man who was tragically killed while filming a scene for an upcoming reality show based on the military Is seeking compensation for the loss of her son.
The man was killed when a Bell 206B Jetranger helicopter crashed during a shoot for the show. Two other people, including a pilot, were also killed in the crash. The man's mother filed a wrongful death suit against the companies responsible for the leasing of the helicopters, Van Nuys Copters and Orbic Air. The the producers of the show, and the estate of the pilot were also named in the suit. The show is being produced for the Discovery Channel, which was not one of the defendants.
The lawsuit alleges that operators of the aircraft were negligent in maintaining and operating the helicopter. They allegedly failed to make sure that the helicopter was capable and serviceable for the night time flight over the type of terrain expected to be encountered. According to an initial report by the National Transportation Safety Board, the scene was supposed to show the actor dropping a backpack to the ground from the helicopter. There was a camera operator aboard, but the ground crew was not filming at the time of the crash.
The man's mother is seeking unspecified damages for lost earnings, loss of companionship, pain and suffering and any pain he may have suffered during the accident. Though this case occurred on the west coast, fatal accidents can happen anywhere, including South Carolina. Wrongful death suits like these can help South Carolina residents recover after losing loved ones in a variety of accidents.
Source: StarTribune, "Wrongful death suit filed over fatal helicopter during filming of reality show in Calif.," May 30, 2013